Rafael: The winner of Pacquiao-Marquez 4 will be the winner of the series
By Chris Williams: Dan Rafael of ESPN believes that whoever wins tonight’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will be considered the winner of the entire four-fight series in the minds of the boxing public.
It may sound kind of strange because if Marquez wins he’d only have one win out of the three fights, but Rafael points out that many fans see Marquez as having already given Pacquiao major problems in the three previous fights.
Rafael said to ESPN “This is probably the last time they [Pacquiao and Marquez] fight, and the winner of this fight, as long as it’s definitive, will be considered by the public and the press as the winner of the series. Even if Marquez gets the victory it will only give him one win but most people will look at him like he got the better of Pacquiao.”
I don’t agree that Pacquiao will be the winner of the series if he wins tonight, because I still feel that a YOUNGER Marquez beat Pacquiao in the first three fights but wasn’t given the decision by the judges, and Marquez 39-years-old. If Pacquiao beats Marquez tonight you have to consider Marquez’s age as a huge reason for that victory.
If you’ve got one fighter that is basically 40-years-old facing another that’s 33 like Pacquiao, will then of course the chances are high that the younger guy will beat the 40-year-old fighter, even if the 40-year-old guy got the better of the 33-year-old guy in years past. It’s called getting someone at the right time in their career.
The only one that has a chance to win the series tonight in my view is Marquez, but I already have him winning the series by a slam dunk. If Pacquiao wins tonight, the series will still have Marquez leading 3 wins to 1 for Pacquiao, and that’s enough to give Marquez the series.
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